One would think that after battling zombies ("Shaun of the Dead"), small town corruption ("Hot Fuzz"), international terrorism (the "Mission: Impossible" series), and Romulans ("Star Trek"), Simon Pegg wouldn't be scared of anything, right? Well, turns out it's just the opposite.
Collider is reporting that the British geek icon is following up his work in "Paul" and the upcoming "Tintin" with "A Fantastic Fear of Everything," a small-budget black comedy that's giving the actor the heebie jeebies in a big way.
According to an official synopses, Pegg plays Jack, "a children’s author turned crime novelist whose detailed research into the lives of Victorian serial killers has turned him into a paranoid wreck, persecuted by the irrational fear of being murdered." When an executive at a studio takes a shine to one of his screenplays, "what should be his 'big break' rapidly turns into his 'big breakdown', as Jack is forced to confront his worst demons; among them his love life, his laundry and the origin of all fear."
The movie is the writing/directing debut of Crispian Mills of psychedelic cult rockers Kula Shaker, with noted music video helmer Chris Hopewell helping Mills along as co-director. Hopewell has designed many a cool poster/album cover for bands like Architecture in Helsinki, Midlake, Queens of the Stone Age, and yes, Kula Shaker.
Also featured alongside Pegg is newcomer Alan Drake, Clare Higgins ("Hellraiser"), Sheridan Smith ("Hysteria"), and Amara Karan who made a big impression as the train stewardess known as "Sweet Lime" in Wes Anderson's "The Darjeeling Limited."